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Friday, February 11, 2005

Death of a Playwright

Arthur Miller, one of America's best-loved and most treasured writers for the stage and screen, has died at the age of 89. Still writing plays almost to the very end, his work virtually defined an age of American playwrighting.

He's best known for "Death of a Salesman," and its iconic American Everyman, Willy Loman, and for his marriage to starlet Marilyn Monroe. Other famous plays include "The Crucible," a commentary on 1950s McCarthyism disguised as a period piece on the Salem witch trials; "All My Sons," a morality tale about the World War II homefront; and "The Misfits," which became then-wife Monroe's final completed film.


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